Calling all witches and wizards! The Ministry is searching for the brightest of their age. Is that you? You'll have to prove it with this quiz!
J.K. Rowling brought Harry Potter to life with the release of her first novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 1997. While the series came to life on paper, it further bloomed with the release of the first Harry Potter film in 2001.
While fans like you were only given a small glimpse of the scenes and characters, the first film let us walk right into the wizarding world. The world that was created in Philosopher's Stone continued with the following seven films. Were you rushing to the box office for your ticket? Have you been binge-watching the entire film series since the last movie in 2011? If yes, you're ready to take on this quiz!
The film series left us with vivid images of Halloween feasts, flying dragons, and a young boy throwing up slugs. We witnessed Harry capture his first snitch and also his first kiss. Are these images coming to life in your memory or do you need to watch Harry and Draco's scuffle over Neville's remembrall?
Prove your magical ability with this quiz! Show us if you can claim your rightful place as a witch or wizard? Are you ready? And we're off!
In the movie version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the Weasleys have high seats at the Quidditch World Cup. The Malfoys make fun of them for being in the “nosebleed section.” In the book though, the Weasleys have as good or even better seats than the Malfoys.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, is the last and final movie! In the final week of filming, the cast was told to empty their dressing rooms. When Grint cleaned his out, he got emotional when he found cards from his 14th birthday. Emma Watson kept Hermione's time turner, cloak, and wand as souvenirs.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the only movie that does not feature Mark Williams, who plays Arthur Weasley, which is Ron's, Ginny's, Percy's, Fred's, and George's father.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is responsible for this scene. The actress who played Moaning Myrtle is actually 37 years old and is the oldest actress to play a Hogwarts student. JK Rowling got her witchy sounding names like toadflax, goutwort, grommel, and others in a famous book about herbal lore from the 1600's called Culpeper's Complete Herbal.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double David Holmes was seriously injured in 2009 when he fell from a harness. The former gymnast was at Leavesden film studios rehearsing a flying scene that involved an explosion when the accident occurred.
In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Daniel Radcliffe was actually very helpful. Richard Harris kept forgetting his lines, but Daniel offered to help practice with him.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) wasn't going to return for this film as he feared he'd have little or no time on screen. After meeting J.K. Rowling he begged to be let out of prison, she let him, and he signed on for ‘Deathly Hallows’.
In Harry Pottery and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling gave over 70 names for the Black family tree tapestry, complete with details of the relations between each and every single member, which were to be scorched, saved, and so on.
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the creature that Mad-Eye Moody torments in his "dark arts' class is virtually identical to a real animal. It is a tailless whip scorpion. Tailless whip scorpions are among 130 known species to fall in their own taxonomic order 'Amblypygi' under the class 'Arachnida', and are neither scorpions nor spiders. They are actually quite harmless.
In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Hermione is seen performing magic on the Hogwarts Express train to fix Harry's broken glasses. This was not a scene that took place in the book, it was added later on to the film to build report between the characters.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, Emma Watson has shared a kiss with both of the main characters, Radcliffe and Grint. She said it felt wrong to kiss them after knowing them for so long. After the films came out, Watson admitted that her 12-year-old self would have wanted to kiss Tom Felton a.k.a Draco Malfoy.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the final film, Harry had been through well over 80 wands at that point. Emma Watson gave Rupert and Radcliffe leather diaries as parting gifts from production, Harry gave them screen prints from the film.
The filmmakers wanted to go the extra mile with the characters of Hermione Granger and Harry Potter, in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", so they fitted Hermione with big buck teeth and gave Harry contact lenses. When Harry's reaction to his lenses was less than ideal and Hermione couldn't talk clearly with her teeth, they opted to give up on those hopes.
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, some argue that Daniel Radcliffe looks more like the book version of Harry Potter than in any other film. He has the longest, messiest hair in the entire series. This is mentioned multiple times throughout the book series. As of 2008 Harry Potter books have sold over 400 million copies and have been translated into 67 different languages.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and the Part 2 were both filmed at the same time as if it was one long film. They shot for a total of 236 days. In the final shot with Daniel Radcliffe, Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint when David Yates yelled cut, all three of them burst into tears.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, cast members were sometimes randomly searched to make sure they didn't take any props home. On the last day of shooting, Neville Longbottom, told Rickman how much he had always admired him. Rickman sat down with him and gave him some career advice.
In the epilog of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the cast plays their characters in the future, using a combination of prosthetics, CGI, and good acting, just like in the film, 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'. In this epilog, the wife of Draco Malfoy, Astoria Greengrass, is played by his real life girlfriend Jade Olivia.
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Stanislav Lanevski, who plays Viktor Krum, has only two lines, totaling 20 words, in the entire film. Moviegoers in Iceland tended to crack up in theaters when Rita Skeeter first introduces herself. Apparently, the audience wasn't expecting the pronunciation of her last name, Skeeter, to sound so much like "Skita", which is a crude word for defecating.
The Ford Anglia used in the film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, is the same color and model that JK Rowling and her best friend at school would ride around in when they were younger. She used the car for the book, and then the movie, because she had such good memories from driving in it.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films were split into two parts because the screenwriter said it would have been a 4-5 hour movie otherwise.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the seventh and final film in the Harry Potter series has been said that it has a very different feel from the other movies. For the first time in the entire series, the action in the film does not center around Hogwarts. Emma Watson's auditioned for her part as Hermione Granger in the school gym at her school, at the time she had read through the third book in the series. She auditioned five times for this part.
This scene is from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In 2007 JK Rowling was the runner-up for Time magazine's Person of the Year. She is the first person to become a billionaire by writing books. Jk Rowling also revealed that Dumbledore is gay and had a crush on wizard Grindelwald, whom he later defeated in a wizard duel.
It was Jason Isaac's idea in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, to have Lucius Malfoy with long blonde hair, as well as carry a stick where he would hide his wand inside. The books made no mention of either of these things. Isaac actually grew attached to the walking stick and at one point tried to walk off with it, he was caught.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, when Draco Malfoy yells "I didn't know you could read" to Harry Potter (who looks like Goyle with the polyjuice potion), was actually improvised by Tom Felton because he forgot his line.
Did you know that throughout the series, and most predominantly in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, most of the books inside Dumbledore's office are phonebooks that have been rebound and covered in dust to make them look old and like they would realistically be from Hogwarts.
This shot is from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Daniel Radcliffe first heard that he got the part of Harry Potter when he was taking a bath. His dad answered the phone and then informed him of the news later. The next morning he woke up at 2am and was convinced that it was a dream when his dad has told him the news.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, was the first part to the last two movies. On the last days of filming, Grint brought the ice cream truck he had bought with money from the films on the set so that he could serve Mr. Whippys with Watson.
In the book version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Hermione uses the Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion to straighten her hair for Yulle Ball. J.K. Rowling revealed later that Pottermore was part of the Potter family background, and that this potion was invented by Fleamont Potter the paternal grandfather of Harry Potter.
This scene is from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In this film, fourteen Ford Anglias were destroyed to create the scene where Harry and Ron crash into the Whomping Willow. Although Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is based on the second shortest book, this is the longest film that was made.
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Melling who plays the role of Dudley Dursley, lost so much weight that his role was almost recast. They eventually decided that Melling would continue as Dudley but that he would wear a fat suit to make him look heavier and more in line with his character.
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, there was at least one full-scale dragon constructed on set, which could even blow real fire. The dragon was created partially from the basilisk puppet that is seen in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in 2002. Harry Potter logged 41 hours underwater during the course of filming, and once accidentally signaled that he was drowning, sending the crew into a huge panic to bring him back up to the surface asap.
Alan Rickman was handpicked to play Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and the entire series. He even received special instruction from J.K. Rowling as to some back story of his character that hadn't been released in any of the books yet. In old English, Albus' last name Dumbledore means "Bumblebee". Hogwarts motto, "Draco dormers nunquam titillandus" it means "Never tickle a sleeping dragon".
In Harry Pottery and the Order of the Phoenix, the Ministry of Magic took 22 weeks to build, but appears in the film for less than 10 minutes. The Prophecy Room was the first fully digital set. The film's final scene was shot in a room filled with fire places and mirrors. Everyone who worked there complained about it being super hot.
In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin was cast as the 11-year-old Tom Riddle, and his uncle Ralph Fiennes was cast as Lord Voldemort, also known as Tom Riddle. David Yates said he hired Hero because of his resemblance to his uncle, but mostly because he really liked the dark haunted quality about Hero.
In the opening of this film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, when Hermione is called down for tea, you can hear her parents talking about Australia. This is a reference from the book where Hermione says that she wiped her parent's memories and gave them new identities which made them think that they would love nothing more than to move to Australia.
All of the child actors in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, would actually do their school work in the film to make the school setting more realistic. Around the Mirror of Erised, the inscription says, "Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi," backwards this same inscription says, "I show not your face but your hearts desire."
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the first film to not show the Dursleys. They feature in the book in the very beginning, where they are visited by the Weasley family who have come to pick up Harry for the Quidditch World Cup. This was omitted from the film to save on screen time.
Early in the film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry sees a newspaper article with a photograph of the Weasley family in Egypt. Though it isn't discussed, this is a very important plot point. While on an inspection in Azkaban the Minister of Magic had a copy of that paper and gave it to Sirius Black who recognized Peter Pettigrew disguised as Scabbers. This is what made him break out of Azkaban, track down Scabbers, and kill him for revenge.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the only film in the series to be Oscar nominated for the Best Cinematography Academy Award. Robert Knox who played Marcus Belby was tragically stabbed to death on May 24, 2008, just days after the filming wrapped.
Rupert Grint in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has severe arachnophobia, so much so that he won't watch the entire scene where Aragog and the spiders appear. In that scene, the look of fright on Ron’s face and his ucomfortable squirming throughout was not from acting, it was from Rupert's terrified face.
During the filming of Harry Pottery and the Order of the Phoenix, Alan Rickman forbid Neville Longbottom and Ron Weasley from being within 5 meters of his car, a new BMW. He did this because they spilled a milkshake in his car while filming Goblet of Fire.
In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, over 7,000 girls auditioned to be Lavender Brown by reading the hospital scene. Emma Watson, however, recommended and wanted Jessie Cave to be Lavender Brown, and she got the role even though she didn't audition.
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, when they were designing Marauder’s Map, they decided not to design it like a traditional rolled up map with burned edges instead, they went for a multi-layered map that represented the different levels within Hogwarts.
Dobby's first and last words ever spoken to Harry were the same "Harry Potter".
In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, three scenes were added in the film that do not appear in the book. The collapsing Millennium Bridge at the beginning of the movie, Harry flirting with the waitress in the underground station before meeting up with Dumbledore, and the death eaters attack at the burrow.
The bats that are seen flying around Hagrid's hut in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, are real. They were particularly hard to train and Daniel Radcliffe said that they urinated everywhere. The animal trainers kept the bats under control using food-rewards, especially bananas. JK Rowling based the dementors on her battle with depression.
In Harry Pottery and the Order of the Phoenix, Katie Leung (Cho Chang) was nervous about kissing Daniel Radcliffe onscreen and spent many weeks preparing herself for it. On the day of shooting the scene, Radcliffe came down with an illness, and filming had to be postponed while he recovered.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban the symbols under Sirius Black's picture on the Wanted Poster translate as "more or less human." Warner Brothers supplied users at cinemas with night vision goggles to prevent illegal recording or pirating of the film.
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, several members of the Black family are named after astronomical objects. You can see some of the names in the scene with Sirius and Harry when they are in the room with their family tree. Some of the names you can see are Sirius, Andromeda, Arcturus, Bellatrix, and Cygnus.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was originally three hours long. Lots of the film's crew appear in the paintings around Hogwarts. Daniel Radcliffe took time out of filming to take part in a stage production of Equus. Alan Rickman and JK Rowling both went to see him. The night JK Rowling came to see him he asked if Harry eventually dies. She responded, "you get a death scene."